Baltimore Sun: Amid tumultuous year, Reginald F. Lewis Museum hires civil rights museum president to be executive director

By Mary Carole McCauley
December 3, 2020

Terri Lee Freeman was appointed December 3 as the newest executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, capping a tumultuous year for the institution.

The 60-year-old Freeman is president of the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

When Freeman assumes her new post Feb. 15, 2021, she will be the seventh executive director in the institution’s history and the sixth since the museum opened in the summer of 2005. (Founding executive director Nikki DeJesus Sertsu left the institution in 2003 a few months before building construction began.)

The Lewis board hopes Freeman’s appointment will bring much-needed stability to Maryland’s largest Black museum, which at times has struggled to attract an audience and to raise sufficient funds for operating expenses.

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